- B.J. Novak
Page Auditorium, Duke Campus—We wanted to give you an interview with B.J. Novak, the actor/ writer/ producer from NBC's The Office who's doing a comedy show at Page Auditorium tonight. Unfortunately, it appears that the strains of writing, acting in and producing an Emmy-winning hit TV show have taken their toll on Novak's schedule, so you'll just have to pay the entry fee to hear him for yourself at 9 p.m. See www.tickets.duke.edu for details. Tickets are $18 for students and $26 for general public, but good luck getting in: The show was sold out at press time. —Zack Smith
Reynolds Theater, Duke Campus—This year marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, but also the centennial of the "birth" of the Bloomsbury group of British creative thinkers who, at times, seemed to manifest Darwin's ideas on evolutionary adaptation—in their lives and their works. The group of lifelong friends centered on sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf; their husbands, historian Lytton Strachey and his cousin painter Duncan Grant; critic Roger Fry and others (including economist John Maynard Keynes, newly popular again). These artists burst their intellectual ancestors' Victorian constraints and created a very English form of Modernism.
Duke University's yearlong multidisciplinary look at the influence of the Bloomsbury group continues this weekend with a one-night-only showing of Jay O'Berski's adaptation for stage of Virginia Woolf's 1931 novel (a "play-poem," she called it), The Waves. That Woolf's most experimental work should be reworked by the highly experimental O'Berski seems appropriate. O'Berski is a lecturing fellow in theater studies at Duke, but he is better known locally as the artistic director of the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern who last year brought us the stunning adaptation of Europe Central, and a mash-up of Charles Mee with, among others, Virginia Woolf, into the musical Fistful of Love.
Like those shows, this workshop production will include dance and music, with Tim Garbinsky performing his piano score. Exploring Woolf's stream of consciousness under O'Berski's direction will be Jeffrey Alguire, J Evarts, Melissa Lozoff, Dana Marks, Gregor McElvogue and Jeffrey Moore as the six friends whose lives mix and lap like ocean waves. Each wave is distinct for a moment, but is inseparable from the sea that constantly remakes it, and though each individual life may be long, they all pass as though in the single day Woolf describes with such attentiveness between her characters' monologues. To give more context to the theater experience, visit the Nasher Museum show A Room of Their Own, and the exhibit of manuscripts and printed materials, How Full of Life Those Days Seemed, in the Perkins Library Rare Book Room (visit www.bloomsburyatduke.com). The free performance begins at 8:30 p.m. —Kate Dobbs Ariail